As the Legislative Branch of the UPUA, the General Assembly is comprised of elected and appointed members who serve to represent the undergraduate student body at Penn State University Park. Every academic college has one representative elected to represent the students within that college. Additionally, there are 20 At-Large Representatives tasked with acting in the best interest of all undergraduate students. Finally, there are seven community group representative seats filled to provide a unique perspective to the UPUA’s General Assembly. The General Assembly researches and writes legislation in Committee, and once passed by the respective committee, the legislation is brought to the floor to be voted on by all members either as a Policy, a Resolution, or a Bill.
Speaker of the Assembly:
The UPUA’s Assembly maintains and operates four committees that seek to continually improve the lives of students at the university. Each committee has specific functions within the organization and is headed by a Chair and Vice Chair. The four Chairs, the Speaker, the President, the Vice President, and other members of the Executive Board form the Steering Committee, which overlooks all legislation passed by the committees. Questions or comments for Speaker Sarabok can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair of Academic Affairs Committee:
The Academic Affairs Committee is one of five sub-divisions of the University Park Undergraduate Association’s legislative branch. It serves as a forum to focus student concerns regarding academia and undergraduate education. All academic college representatives are required to sit on the Academic Affairs Committee. This committee also works closely with the Faculty-Senate. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Santos at email@example.com.
Vice Chair: Paty Birungi
Chair of Facilities Committee:
The Facilities Committee serves to better campus life for all students, specifically in regards to University facilities and structures located at University Park. Members of this committee also sit on a number of advisory committees, including the Facilities Fee Advisory Board, in which they collaborate with other organizations and faculty on how the Facilities Fee will be allocated for the year. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Galbraith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice Chair: Sarah Jordan
Chair of Governmental Affairs Committee:
The Governmental Affairs Committee oversees all matters pertaining to advocacy and relations at the local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as the Penn State Board of Trustees. The committee works to better students’ lives through projects including increasing student voter registration and turnout, advocating strong appropriations from the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and building and maintaining continued relationships between students and their elected officials. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair McKay at email@example.com.
Vice Chair: Steven Zhang
Chair of Student Life Committee:
The Student Life Committee works on initiatives related, but not limited to sexual assault, diversity, and mental health. They host multiple events throughout the year such as Mental Health and Wellness Week and Sexual Violence Awareness Week in order to bring to light issues that are plaguing Penn State students. They have worked on comprehensive reports on Diversity & Inclusion at Penn State, examining the cultural climate at the University Park campus. All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Klipstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice Chair: YuNa Choi
Chair of Outreach Committee:
In an effort to improve relations with outside organizations and marginalized communities, the 12th assembly created the sub-committee on Outreach. This committee builds relationships with organization through planning collaboration opportunities. Some of the many initiatives the Outreach committee has pursued include a Tri-Caucus dinner with Penn State’s multicultural caucuses and a Meet & Greet with the Black Student Union. Over the next year, the committee plans to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives including the expansion of #YouAreWelcomeHere onto campus and a variety of Lunch with Laura events throughout the year! All questions and concerns on these matters and others similar to them can be sent to Chair Pathickal at email@example.com.
Vice Chair: Aphrodite Biswas